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Social Purpose in Business: Transforming Business and Communities
The Social Purpose Institute at United Way (SPI), The Burnaby Board of Trade, and the City of Burnaby entered into a strategic partnership to make Burnaby a hub for the growth and acceleration of social purpose-led organizations. The SPI collaboration marks the first-ever tripartite partnership between a chamber of commerce, a municipal government and the Social Purpose Institute, and opens the door to an acceleration of the movement and adoption of social purpose practices within Burnaby.
BCIT recently launched a new course in social purpose business in its Bachelor of Business Administration program and has seen significant growth in its Sustainable Business Leadership Advanced Diploma, a credential focused entirely on using business as a tool to address the interlocking crises of climate change, growing inequality, and systemic racism.
Join Social Purpose and Sustainable Business experts for a discussion about what the SPI’s historic partnership and BCIT’s purpose-focused educational programming mean for the City of Burnaby, and beyond!
Tessa Jordan – Program Head for BCIT’s Sustainable Business Leadership programs and Faculty in BCIT’s Communication Department
Tessa Vanderkop – Social Purpose Strategist with the United Way BC Social Purpose Institute
Amanda Chor – Sustainability Manager at Hemlock Printers
Krista Loewen – Community Investment Associate at Vancity
Loreen Catubay – Sustainable Business Leadership student at BCIT and the Administrative Assistant for the United Way Social Purpose Institute
Tessa Jordan, PhD
Tessa is the Program Head for BCIT’s Sustainable Business Leadership programs and Faculty in BCIT’s Communication Department. Tessa specializes in business communications and sustainable business with a focus on how the private sector can create and communicate social and environmental value to support the just transition to a regenerative economy.
Tessa is the Social Purpose Strategist with the United Way BC Social Purpose Institute. In the last 15 years, she has leveraged her collaboration skills and passion for impact to develop award-winning sustainability programs for business and help to lead the purpose in business movement to drive systemic change. In her spare time, she uses her advocacy and communications skills to lead the Ivory-Free Canada campaign to stop the legal trade of ivory in Canada.
Amanda is the Sustainability Manager at Hemlock Printers, one of the most environmentally progressive commercial printers in North America. She is responsible for managing Hemlock’s sustainability portfolio and embedding sustainability into the organization’s business strategy, culture and operations by leading the Sustainability Think Tank composed of a diversity of staff and launching a variety of initiatives to reduce their carbon footprint. A significant portion of her efforts are dedicated towards leading low-carbon projects in collaboration with staff, clients, suppliers and environmental stakeholders. Amanda holds a BBA in Human Resources and Management Information Systems with a certification in Corporate Environmental and Social Sustainability (CESS) from Simon Fraser University (SFU).
Krista graduated from the BCIT Sustainable Business Leadership program in 2016 and was immediately hired as an Intern in Vancity’s Community Investment department. She has led program areas supporting sustainable lifestyles, sustainable business and resilient local food systems.
Currently, Community Investment leverages Vancity profit sharing to achieve two primary objectives: reduce carbon emissions and increase financial resilience. To achieve this, Krista collaborates with colleagues to develop partnerships in the following areas: retrofitting commercial and residential buildings, decarbonizing businesses, access to banking and savings, sustainable jobs, sustainable businesses, and affordable housing. Embedded in all of these areas is a commitment to anti-racism and meaningful reconciliation with Indigenous peoples.
Moderated by Loreen Catubay
Loreen is a Sustainable Business Leadership student at BCIT and the Administrative Assistant for the United Way Social Purpose Institute. She discovered from volunteering and multiple years of international experience in the not-for-profit industry and client relations that she is passionate about social innovation, community development, and creating the pathway to a purposeful and sustainable economy inclusive of all. Purpose, strategic sustainability, and inclusive growth are the underlying passions that drive her operations and program management acumen, process brainstorming, and intrapreneurial spirit. Well known as everyone’s go-to for her resourcefulness, strong organizational skills, and big picture thinking. When not propelling the purpose economy, she can be found sun-chasing, scuba diving, or snowboarding down the slopes of BC.
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